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Potato planting 2018

Discussion in 'Cropping' started by Sonoftheheir, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. Sonoftheheir

    Sonoftheheir Member

    Location:
    West Suffolk
    We’re usually finished in the next few days on average. This year haven’t even hooked the planter on yet!

    How are you finding it? I am starting to worry a bit.
     
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  2. Trying

    Trying Member

    Was done 31st March last year. Might be able to start 10ac tomorrow. Rest is too wet. Been pulled over twice already.
     
  3. farmerphilly

    farmerphilly Member

    I honestly thought that once it dried up it would stay dry. How wrong I am! Are you planting Sagitta?
     
  4. silverfox

    silverfox Member

    Biggest grower around here in Shropshire hasn’t done much at all yet. They did 30 acres near me three weeks ago, but missed to do the headlands . I’ve got 65 acres for them , but haven’t even ploughed it yet. It had dried nicely until today
     
  5. Hindsight

    Hindsight Member

    Location:
    Lincolnshire
    Why you worried? Are you batting for the other side?! Longer planting delayed better the job will be. Need to see plenty of 14 t/acre crops not these blasted 20 plus tonnes.
     
  6. Sonoftheheir

    Sonoftheheir Member

    Location:
    West Suffolk
    Because I’ve got £27k worth of seed in big bags still.

    Yes I get your sentiment regarding price but harvest is going to go into November at this rate. Has a knock on effect for autumn drilling too.

    Yes I know we can’t do anything about it, but it is playing on my mind.
     
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  7. Sonoftheheir

    Sonoftheheir Member

    Location:
    West Suffolk
    Thankfully not, they will be knackered if the chits get too long.
     
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  8. Sonoftheheir

    Sonoftheheir Member

    Location:
    West Suffolk
    We had 6mm yesterday, enough to make the top too wet to travel this morning.Its been too windy for fert even, normally have that on on March.

    Looks like 4 wet days this wkend, then possibly a settled spell?
     
  9. riverside2

    riverside2 Member

    Location:
    Shropshire
    Things appear to be all over the place, early growers over here generally look to have made some good progress over the last 7-10 days but only on the lighter ground. Some planted 3-4 weeks ago have been sitting in some pretty dreadful conditions and not doing a lot as a result.

    More challenging ground will be a while before completion, suggestions of late May or even early June.

    With some rivers having broken their banks a couple of weeks ago that hasn't helped some in Shropshire and Herefordshire either.

    Cheshire earlies only just getting finished too.

    Lancs sand ground has seen some planting but mosses will not be fit yet (usually plant late anyway), and still plenty of 2017 crop in the ground up there too.............
     
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  10. Sonoftheheir

    Sonoftheheir Member

    Location:
    West Suffolk
    After saying that, we’ve actually made a start this afternoon!

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  11. Flat 10

    Flat 10 Member

    Location:
    Fen Edge
    Good. A few been going round here last week.
     
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  12. Sonoftheheir

    Sonoftheheir Member

    Location:
    West Suffolk
    Someone was planting near Saxham last night, when I went to Bury. Hiams at Tuddenham were destoning too.
     
  13. riverside2

    riverside2 Member

    Location:
    Shropshire
    Looks in decent condtion - travelling OK? Hopefully a bed lined up for the trial seed!
     
  14. Sonoftheheir

    Sonoftheheir Member

    Location:
    West Suffolk
    Yes, and I’m surprised to say ideal conditions!

    Yes, think I will put the trials in this field tomorrow. These are Agria.
     
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  15. Trying

    Trying Member

    Ten acres complete today. Going was good.
     
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  16. Sonoftheheir

    Sonoftheheir Member

    Location:
    West Suffolk
    Once you get going, you can soon get over the ground.

    The trouble is doing everything else first then getting all the equipment ready.
     
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  17. mixed breed

    mixed breed Member

    Location:
    Shropshire
    Slow going here, the Mrs is only just preparing the headlands. IMG_20180426_145747.jpg
     
  18. rm1

    rm1 Member

    Location:
    notts
    Anybody making much progress anywhere rained off Friday morning again and wet all day today and Monday looking like a wash out one third done
     
  19. Trying

    Trying Member

    Nothing done here since Thursday night. I don’t think that anything will be done till Friday if we are lucky. 2/3 done here. One month behind.
     
  20. JLLM

    JLLM Member

    Location:
    Tyddewi
    Been trying to bedform yesterday and today, its coming up very liverish, would like to get on now.
     

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